Some time ago I saw this picture and unsuccessfully tried to start a conversation about it. So it seems, I have much to learn about facilitating a virtual conversation. For me this phrase keeps turning over and over in my mind. “The Most Radical Thing We Can Do Is Introduce People to One Another.”
When I first saw this photo it struck me as odd because introducing people to one another doesn’t seem all that radical. Selling all of your possessions and giving to the poor, that seems radical. Going to live in a foreign country, that seems radical. Adopting a child, that seems radical. And the list could go on.
What does the word radical mean? Departing markedly from the usual or customary; extreme. Favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions.
So if this statement is true then that means it is not usual or customary for people to introduce people to one another. I’ve been wrestling with and even began writing this blog post on July 27th. At the time, my thoughts were heading in one direction.
Now, they are heading in a different direction because the last couple of days I have watched Facebook blow up with differing opinions about Chick-fil-A. Quite frankly my heart hurts. Just plain hurts.
I think what we have here is a gaping need for us to sit down face to face with one another. We need to stop jumping to conclusions and making blanket statements. We need to quit believing everything we see on TV or read in the newspaper. We need to think critically not be critical. Every single one of us.
My point is this…how powerful would it be if we would seek to understand and if we would take the time to get to know someone that has a different opinion than us. Maybe it is radical to introduce people to one another because through that introduction comes a personal connection. Through personal connection comes understanding. Through understanding comes compassion.
I love Jesus and believe the Bible is true. I strive to follow the truths found in the Bible. Now, I’m not sure how my friends would describe me, but I do not think they would say that I hate anyone. Now, they may say I can be hateful from time to time. After all I am a woman and hormones do play a factor in my life.
A few days ago, these are the words from the Bible that I wrote down because they reflect how I want to live my life.
- be joyful in hope
- patient in affliction
- faithful in prayer
- share with God’s people who are in need
- practice hospitality
- bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse
- rejoice with those who rejoice
- mourn with those who mourn
- live in harmony with one another
- do not be proud
- do not be conceited
- do not repay anyone evil for evil
- be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody
I’m thankful to live in a country where we have the freedom to express our opinions publicly. I say…let’s get radical and stop assuming we know what someone is thinking and start asking questions. Let’s get to know one another!!